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2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

May 28, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

Westfield Senior Class President Lobbying Murphy for in-Person Graduation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, on various social media platforms. The letter explains the necessity ...

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

Celebrating a Union County Working Mom of 6 During COVID-19

EDISON, NJ - Being a working mom is hard. Being a working mom to six kids is harder. And being a working mom to six kids during a global pandemic seems impossible. But this is Dallas Austin’s life.

Austin, a native of Linden, is a Seasonal Learning Trainer at Amazon’s Edison Fulfillment Center and a mom to six kids (ages 20, 17, 16, 8, 6, and 2). At 4:30 a.m., the alarm clock rings ...

Linden Head Nurse Named Union County School Nurse of the Year (Video)

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Public Schools Head Nurse Joyce Hirsch has been honored as Union County School Nurse of the Year.

Hirsch received the award at the Union County School Nurse Association’s virtual meeting on May 4, which was attended by more than 100 nurses. The criteria for the award is someone who has demonstrated excellence in both school nursing practice ...

'Sustain Summit' Initiative Awards $270K Among 117 Hilltop City Businesses

SUMMIT, NJ - Having raised in excess of $330,000 since it was formed less than a month ago, the 'Sustain Summit Fund' -- created to provide emergency assistance grants to Hilltop City small businesses and their employees facing COVID-19 related hardships -- has awarded more than $270,000 to 117 Summit small businesses via its first round of ...

Cranford Police Department Warns of "Grandparent Scam"

CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is cautioning the community of a noticeable trend in “Grandparent” scams across the state.

According to the release, in a typical “Grandparent” scam, a con artist calls or emails the victim posing as a relative in distress or someone claiming to represent the relative, such as a lawyer or law enforcement ...

Galloping Hill Cruisers Set to Drive Out Hunger at Contact-Free Food Fundraiser in Linden

LINDEN, NJ - The Galloping Hill Cruisers will hold their first drive-thru food drive fundraiser to benefit the City of Linden food pantries, who are in desperate need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents can drop off non-perishable items on Sunday, May 3, curbside in front of Pasquale's Pizza located at 691 W. Edgar Road from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

Community Conversations: Is It Safe To Have Surgery?

James C. Wittig, MD, chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Atlantic Health System, joined host Luke Margolis for the latest edition of our Facebook Live event series, Community Conversations. Dr. Wittig shared what our patients need to know before having an important surgery that’s been ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...

Union County College Embraces AI Technology with Packback for Increased Student Engagement Online

June 1, 2020

CRANFORD – Union County College has added the artificial intelligence (AI) technology program Packback to the software tools available for faculty use to spark curiosity and creativity among students. The new technology will lead to improved student engagement and academic outcomes in their online courses. Packback is an inquiry-based discussion platform that will enable students in various ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

May 28, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

May 31, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

Census 2020 for Roselle

May 28, 2020

2020 Census: why Roselle still needs a complete count!

As of May 28, 2020, about 59.9 percent of Roselle households responded to the 2020 Census, which is below the state response rate of more than 62 percent. These Census counts will determine federal funding for health care, schools and roads in our community, which fuels community resources like hospitals, school meals and programs and ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...